I am excited to share that I have been selected to participate in the Inter-American Women's Soccer Exchange this February. In conjunction with the US Department of State and the US Embassy in Managua, Nicaragua, this program will bring 16 current and former NCAA student-athletes to Nicaragua for a week long series of youth clinics, coaching courses, and showcase games in three Nicaraguan cities.

I was fortunate to begin playing organized soccer at a young age; an opportunity that is not so easily available to girls in other countries. To date, Nicaraguan girls’ participation in soccer remains underwhelming compared to their male peers, with economic and cultural barriers slowing progress towards consistent playing opportunities, proper coaching, and availability of equipment and space. Since 2007, SWB has been focused on improving opportunities for young women to get involved with soccer in Nicaragua, though this specific unique trip will the the first of its kind.

This program is important to me as it strives to use soccer as a vehicle for change in these young women's lives. I believe that SWB will not only result in positive changes in the athletic environment in Nicaragua, but will help enrich these women's lives in various other facets. I am excited to have been selected to join this group, and I am now trying to raise money to make this trip possible. Thank you for your support!

Please check out the website to learn more about the program: http://www.soccerwithoutborders.org/exchange-granada

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